Scientists Transform Lettuce into ‘Superfood’

A team of Rutgers University scientists has developed a lettuce product to compete with the nutritional value of blueberries, quinoa, almonds and kale… According to information provided by Leon Segal, director of Rutgers’ Licensing and Technology Office of Technology Commercialization, the Rutgers lettuce is not that watery, flavorless sandwich topper that constitutes much of the public’s lettuce diet. Instead, the research team used tissue culture technology to create a colorful and nutritionally powerful red leaf plant they call Rutgers Scarlet Lettuce… Most important, it tastes good- at least to Rutgers professor Ilya Raskin, who led the project… With support from the National Institutes of Health, Raskin and his team from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences set out about three years ago to see how they could boost the health value of the vegetable through "nutritional breeding."

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SEBS Student Catherine Seeds Receives Scholarship at Annual Breeders Awards Luncheon

Catherine (Kit) Seeds brings Cascade, a Standardbred mare, inside to get a monthly body weight check. Cascade, a research horse in Carey Williams’ program at the Best Management Practice Demonstration Horse Farm on Cook Campus, is one of the horses the research team refers to as their ‘Labrador Retriever’, due to her sweet nature and attention seeking. Photo by Samantha Hoy

Catherine (Kit) Seeds brings Cascade, a Standardbred mare, inside to get a monthly body weight check. Cascade, a research horse in Carey Williams’ program at the Best Management Practice Demonstration Horse Farm on Cook Campus, is one of the horses the research team refers to as their ‘Labrador Retriever’, due to her sweet nature and attention seeking. Photo by Samantha Hoy

Catherine Seeds, a senior at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Animal Science 2015), is the recipient of the Ernest C. Bell Scholarship for 2015 that was presented at the Annual Breeders Awards luncheon, which was hosted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture on January 25. Carey Williams, associate director for outreach at the Rutgers Equine Science Center and professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, presented the award to Seeds for her outstanding scholarship and commitment to the New Jersey horse industry.

Seeds, a G.H. Cook Honors student in the lab of Prof. Williams, has been deeply involved in the Animal Science program at SEBS. [Read more…]

Former Rutgers Police Horse Wins “Horse Personality of the Year” Award

Lord Nelson  Courtesy of Lord Nelson blog

Lord Nelson. Photo courtesy of Lord Nelson blog.

Lord Nelson, a former Rutgers University Police Horse, won the inaugural “Horse Personality of the Year” award at the Annual Breeders Awards luncheon, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture on  January 25.

The 42-year old American Quarter horse was purchased in 1978 by the Rutgers Equine Science Center (ESC). Until his retirement in 2000, Lord Nelson served the university’s Department of Public Safety as a mounted patrol horse as well as help carry the Scarlet Knight mascot across the field at Rutgers football games.

Following his retirement, Lord Nelson became the centerpiece of an interactive youth component called “Equine Science 4 Kids” on the ESC’s website. The site features youth-friendly information on the horse industry and focuses on topics like nutrition, physiology and the environment. Lord Nelson’s inaugural “Horse Personality of the Year” award recognized his commitment to educating young horse enthusiasts. [Read more…]

Bringing Local Foods into Schools: A Food Innovation Center Partnership

School lunch quality has been getting a lot of attention on the web lately. Whether it’s images of tantalizing school lunches from around the world juxtaposed with a bland U.S. school lunch, or students’ snapshots of globs of unidentifiable food on school lunch trays, people are taking notice. The Rutgers Food Innovation Center is working to make school lunch products not only healthy and tasty, but also made from local Jersey Fresh products.

Video: Rutgers Food Innovation Center converts local harvests into student-approved cafeteria foods

Former Essex County Agriculture Agent John Kupcho Honored For Distinguished Service to Agriculture

L-R: Richard Norz, President of the NJ State Board of Agriculture, John Kupcho and NJ Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.

L-R: Richard Norz, President of the NJ State Board of Agriculture, John Kupcho and Douglas Fisher, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture. Photo courtesy of NJDA.

Douglas H. Fisher

Source: New Jersey Department of Agriculture

John (Jack) Kupcho of West Caldwell, retired Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Essex County Agricultural Agent, was honored February 4 with a Distinguished Service Citation to New Jersey Agriculture at the State Agricultural Convention held in Atlantic City.

“Jack Kupcho changed the way farmers do business in New Jersey, helping to guide the industry toward direct marketing and high value crops,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “The state agriculture industry owes a lot to Jack. He has been an innovator who has inspired younger agriculture agents as well as farmers.”

Jack Kupcho (GSNB – Soils and Crops ’74) earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Tennessee. He received his Master of Science in Environmental Science and Urban Planning from Rutgers University. He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Rutgers. [Read more…]